Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order Monday forbidding the use of state resources "for the goal of separating children from their parents or legal guardians on the sole ground that their families are in violation of federal immigration laws".
The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents - images that have sparked fury, question of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November's midterm elections.
In the face of calls for her resignation, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the administration would not apologise for doing its job, adding: "This administration has a simple message - if you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you". That's what he did on Wednesday.
"People say this isn't American, this isn't what we do in America and you know, I understand and totally agree with them and that's why I've stuck my neck out and I'm forcing this immigration vote tomorrow, myself and a very small group of moderate Republicans that will force this immigration vote and I'm very proud of it and I'm putting my money where my mouth is", said Representative John Katko in a phone interview with NewsChannel 9.
Rep. Bass is a cosponsor of the Keep Families Together Act, which would prohibit border officials from separating children from their parents, except in extraordinary circumstances, restrict the prosecution of parents who are asylum seekers by adopting the recommendation of the DHS Office of Inspector General, and require all CBP officers and agents to complete child welfare training on an annual basis. "Indefinitely detaining children with their families in camps is inhumane and will not make us safe".
Also playing a role in his turnaround: First lady Melania Trump. Tuesday's meeting was focused on GOP efforts to address the administration's separation of migrant children from their families and other immigration law changes.
On Wednesday afternoon, congressional Democrats gathered on the Capitol steps to protest the practice of child separation.
Although Ryan says Trump supports the measure, it was unclear whether it could pass, and a more conservative bill seems even less likely to garner enough votes to pass. "We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country". "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!"More news: Thomas Markle: Meghan Said 'We'll Have to Call Him H'
They chanted "shame!" repeatedly at the woman who has become the front line defender of the Trump administration's widely condemned practice of taking kids from their parents.
The Times cites a Health and Human Services (HHS) Department official as saying that the children will not immediately be reunited with their families while their parents are detained throughout their immigration proceedings.
"Quit separating the kids, they're separating the children!" congressman Juan Vargas, a Democrat from southern California, yelled to Trump, as he help up a sign that read "Families belong together".
Earlier Tuesday, the president ramped up his attacks on illegal immigrants who "infest" America in a pair of tweets that, again, blamed Democrats. Nielsen was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.
It does not specifically address what will happen to families and children who have already been separated.
"We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally", he said.
The person providing the information on the proposal was not authorized to do so by name and commented only on condition of anonymity.
- Trump is not announcing an end to zero tolerance. The three centers - in Combes, Raymondville and Brownsville - have been rapidly repurposed to serve needs of children including some under 5 years old. Under terms of the Flores Consent Decree and subsequent court rulings, children taken into custody when their parents are arrested must be released.